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State budget office names new legislative director

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE —January 9, 2009

OLYMPIA —The Office of Financial Management announces the appointment of Julie Murray as its new legislative director. Murray has extensive experience in the governmental affairs area, having handled legislative responsibilities for several organizations, including the Washington State Association of Counties, where she has served as policy director for the past three years. She was previously employed by the Washington State Department of Revenue, Metropolitan King County Council and Washington State Farm Bureau.

"Julie’s knowledge of the legislative process will be invaluable to OFM as we commence what will be a uniquely challenging session," said OFM Director Victor Moore. "We will be in good hands with Julie, and I am confident she will begin making important contributions right out of the starting gate."

"Working at the Office of Financial Management and with the governor is a unique opportunity," Murray said. “The budget is likely to be the central issue of this session and there isn’t a better place to be fully engaged in the legislative process than at the Office of Financial Management. With my background in revenue and local government issues, I hope I can be an asset to the governor and her administration."

Murray graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor’s degree and the Seattle University School of Law. Her appointment begins Jan. 26 at an annual salary of $106,800.

Also called the state budget office, the Office of Financial Management is charged with developing and tracking budgets for other state agencies, among multiple responsibilities. Budgets are considered and passed by the state Legislature, and signed into law by the governor. Headquartered in Olympia, OFM employs accountants, bookkeepers, budget and policy analysts and other professionals to manage operating budgets totaling $59.9 billion and capital, or construction, budgets totaling $11.5 billion (including transportation construction) for the 2007–09 biennium.

Contact: Kate Lykins Brown, Office of Financial Management, 360-902-0619